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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 20, 2024
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Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets presented their solutions covering a wide range of topics from determining weather conditions for safe space launch, electromagnetic guidance systems, developing systems for accurate drone image categorization, and creating 3D models for upgrading laser systems at the Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub: Arizona. The students devised the solutions as they participated in innovation training, engaged with tech companies, and conducted site visits with DoD mission partners over the course of the past semester.


MAY 21, 2024
Join us for the latest edition of the Gurukul Education Series to convene with industry, academia, and nonprofits from across the U.S. and India and explore pathways to help companies access premier testing facilities, creating opportunities for researchers to collaborate and for companies to demonstrate their technologies.

MAY 23, 2024
Innovators with solutions to support the DoD as it develops a strategic edge against adversarial electromagnetic system (EMS) technologies may submit their solutions to the DIU Presents: AUKUS Electronic Warfare Challenge for the opportunity to win part of $150,000. The challenge is part of a trilateral prize challenge through AUKUS Pillar II—a defense and security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (U.S.). 

MAY 23, 2024
Innovators with solutions for multi-domain range scheduling and management that could provide the DoD with a range common operating picture (COP) may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive part of a $75,000 prize pool during the Multi-Domain Range Scheduling Challenge. The challenge is being held in partnership with the Air Force 56th Range Management Office (RMO) and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE).


Participants from 40 different bases worked alongside representatives from NSIN, Space Force, and the Secretary of the Air Force Strategic Studies Group to support combat innovation and tactical edge execution within the Department of Air Force Innovation and Process Improvement ecosystem.

Six U.S.-based startups joined a 44 member cohort of companies for the NSIN-supported North Atlantic Treaty Organization Defence Accelerator for the North Atlantic (NATO DIANA) program, currently being held at accelerator centers across multiple NATO countries. The companies will bring deep-tech innovations to the alliance and will demonstrate them at Demo Days happening across the accelerator sites, including at two in the U.S. in Boston and Seattle.

SpaceWERX hosted its capstone event, concluding its 12-week intensive education program Innovate to Accelerate (I2A). Through the program, 18 SpaceWERX Tactically Responsive Space (TacRS) Small Business Innovation Research contract recipients learned the needs of the technology end-users, sponsoring each program office mission and structure. By the end of the I2A Expo Day, a collaboration between AFWERX and NSIN, Project Vanguard, was launched to assist the participants with access to private capital.


MAY 31, 2024
Innovators with the ability to create expeditionary power capabilities for a mobile space domain awareness platform may submit their solutions to win part of $75,000 during NSIN’s Expeditionary Energy Challenge, presented in partnership with the 15th Space Surveillance Squadron (15 SPSS).

JUNE 6, 2024
Innovators may submit solutions that could reduce the cost of hypersonic glide bodies and associated sensors to win part of $100,000 during NSIN’s Hypersonic Cost Reduction Challenge, presented in partnership with the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane. An Ask Me Anything session will be held on May 22.

JUNE 19, 2024
Innovators with artificial intelligence (AI) solutions that have the potential to expedite and enhance building design and cost modeling across disciplines, codes, and site conditions may submit their solutions for the opportunity to win part of a $250,000 prize pool during the NSIN Presents: AI Infrastructure Challenge held in partnership with the U.S. Navy Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC), and the Program Executive Office Industrial Infrastructure (PEO II).

JUNE 21, 2024
University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) and university faculty, researchers, and students with solutions to address critical cyber threats faced by the DoD using technologies for modeling and predictive analysis, persona and influence, and data and permeability may submit their solutions for the opportunity to win part of a $1 million prize pool.

JULY 1, 2024
Foundry enables teams of entrepreneurs to collaborate with federal laboratories, commercialize breakthrough defense technologies, and build new companies. Selected innovators will participate in a virtual, five-month cohort where they will have access to instruction, DoD inventors and end-users, mentorship from DoD and private sector subject-matter experts, and training that will prepare them to do business with the DoD and private sector. Applications for Foundry are due July 1.


JUNE 12-14, 2024
Educators interested in exposing their students to Hacking for Defense (H4D) – a college course that pairs interdisciplinary teams with DoD organizations, empowering them to solve national security problems through entrepreneurial methods – may join this free, in-person Educator’s Course in Arlington, Virginia.


NSIN Alumni, Xona Space Systems, raised $19 million in Series A funding for cutting-edge satellite navigation services, providing support in beta operations for precision guidance. The funding will accelerate the deployment of Xona’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network and assist in commercialization.

Danti announced a $5 million funding round, after emerging last year with a $2.75 million pre-seed round for its AI-powered search engine that can comb through data and satellite imagery. Danti received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from AFWERX, leading to the search engine to be used by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and US Space Force (USSF).


MAY 24, 2024
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has announced Project Aegir, its first commercial solutions opening to produce analytics for maritime domain awareness directly to the warfighter. The goal of Project Aegir is to develop a multi-vendor approach for commercial sensor architecture to track and monitor illegal maritime activity. Interested vendors should submit responses by May 24, selected vendors will be invited to a pitch event to showcase capabilities at Defense Innovation Unit headquarters in Mountain View, California.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to find funding from across the defense innovation space. 

MAY 29, 2024

Innovators with the ability to prototype and demonstrate quantum sensors that could ensure U.S. forces’ position, navigation, and timing (PNT) capabilities when global positioning system (GPS) signals are denied or degraded may submit their solutions to DIU for the opportunity to win an Other Transaction (OT) award.

JUNE 6, 2024

Innovators with the ability to prototype a mobile security operations center (SOC) that could be transported as carry-on luggage and perform cyber hunt operations may submit their solutions to DIU for the opportunity to win an Other Transaction (OT) award.

JUNE 12, 2024

Innovators with solutions for self-location data in GPS-denied situations, uncrewed system (UxS) threat warnings, the delivery/dissemination of psychological operations products via self-guided aerial delivery, non-attributable mobile mesh network radios, and distributed electromagnetic sensing, automated characterization and simple reporting systems may submit their solutions to xTechSpecial Forces. Selected participants will win part of $470,000 and will have the opportunity to submit for up to $10 million in Army contracts.

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